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Summary

  1. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Thursday
  2. Updates on Wednesday 13 January 2016

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By Nick Wilmshurst

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Nick Wilmshurst

    BBC Local Live, Leeds

    Thanks for being with us today, here ends our live coverage for Wednesday.

    But fear not, we return tomorrow, Thursday 14 January, from 08:00 for more news, sport, weather and travel from across Leeds and West Yorkshire.

  2. Weather: Showery outbreaks of rain and sleet

    Paul Hudson

    Weather presenter, BBC Look North

    Tonight it'll be cloudy with showery outbreaks of rain and sleet, with a risk of some snow mainly, but not exclusively, over higher ground. Minimum temperature 1C (34F). Moderate south west wind.

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    Tomorrow, we'll wake up to cloudy and cold conditions with showery outbreaks of rain sleet and and a risk of snow in places, especially over the hills. Maximum temperature 4C (39F).

  3. More West Yorkshire news: Coming up on BBC Look North

    BBC Look North, Yorkshire

    Coming up on Look North with Lara and Harry tonight from 18:30 on BBC One:

    An emergency floods meeting in Leeds today has called for the government to put its money where its mouth is. As the Prime Minister pledges his support, councillors say action is needed now. 

    Latest figures show more than 2,200 properties were directly affected across Leeds in December. Of these, 1,700 were homes and 500 were businesses.

    And we hear from a truly inspirational man who defied doctors who told him he'd never walk again, but who went on to become one of the volunteers who helped communities clear up after the Boxing Day floods

  4. Huddersfield Giants' lack of success 'frustrating'

    James Deighton

    BBC West Yorkshire Sport

    Huddersfield Giants winger Jermaine McGillvary has said the club's failure to win a major trophy is "getting boring".

    Last season, the Giants lost to Leeds in the sixth round of the Challenge Cup and were beaten by Wigan Warriors in the play-offs.

    Huddersfield won the League Leaders' Shield in 2013 but have never won a Grand Final and last won a Challenge Cup final in 1953.  

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    Video caption: Huddersfield Giants winger Jermaine McGillvary previews the 2016 Super League season.
  5. Latest headlines: Leeds flood emergency meeting held and Morrisons to Bradford city centre store

    Nick Wilmshurst

    BBC Local Live, Leeds

    These are your latest headlines this afternoon:

  6. West Yorkshire flood meeting: 'Remarkable nobody died'

    Charlotte Leeming

    Journalist, BBC Look North

    For a council meeting this afternoon's one at Leeds City Council was unusually brief. But then this was an emergency meeting to talk about the devastation storm Eva caused on Boxing Day across Leeds.

    Kirkstall road floods

    Council leader Judith Blake said it was "remarkable that nobody died" in the worst flooding in living memory. There was little time for a debate, all parties quickly agreed with council leader Judith Blake that money is urgently needed from the government.   

    Ms Blake will meet Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss next week. She's going to ask for the River Aire flood protection scheme to get the go-ahead after it was turned down in 2011.

  7. Leeds United: 'We need better players' - Steve Evans

    BBC West Yorkshire Sport

    Leeds United head coach Steve Evans believes the club needs better players if they are to challenge for the play-offs.  

    The Elland Road side's eight-match unbeaten run came to an end with a 2-1 defeat by Ipswich on Tuesday.  

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    Video caption: Leeds United Head Coach Steve Evans on defeat away to Ipswich Town.
  8. West Yorkshire floods: 'Put homes before nature' Environment Agency told

    The Environment Agency has been ordered to prioritise protecting people's homes ahead of nature when tackling flooding like that which hit the north of England in December.

    The Prime Minister has told a committee of MPs there had been an "attitudinal change" which he wants to see continue.

    Calderdale floods
    Quote Message: This is about protecting human lives. This is about protecting our homes. Do we need an attitudinal change in the way we approach flooding? Yes, we absolutely do." from David Cameron
    David Cameron
  9. Halifax's world darts champion goes back to his day job

    Ian White

    Journalist, BBC Look North

    He's Yorkshire's newest World Sporting Champion, but today Scott Waite's feet were firmly back on the ground as he returned to his day job.

    Scott Waite

    "Scottie Too Hottie", as he's known, was crowned BDO World Darts Champion on Sunday night. But when he's not playing darts, Scott works for a housing association in Halifax. 

    Today his colleagues gave him a warm welcome back.

  10. Travel update: Delays on M62 after accident

    BBC Travel

    This is a bit out of West Yorkshire, but could impact on your travel this evening.

    The M62 is closed at J18 eastbound and you can expect severe delays tonight. It's because of an accident involving four vehicles. 

    On the westbound side, only one lane is closed in the same area, but there are reports of tailbacks all the way to J21.

  11. Travel update: Delays continue on A1(M) and A64 after accident

    BBC Travel

    A1(M) exit slip road closed and slow traffic southbound at J44, A64 (Bramham), after an earlier accident.

  12. About 200 turn out for funeral of WWII veteran

    About 200 people have been to this afternoon's funeral of a World War Two veteran from Leeds who died on Christmas Eve at the age of 92. His family invited current and former military personnel to attend. 

    For years Harry Thrush had paid tribute to young soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan by attending their funerals. 

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    Video caption: People attending Harry Thrush's funeral
  13. Tour de Yorkshire's official charity named

    The RNLI has been named as the official charity of the Tour de Yorkshire. All money raised from the event will go to the charity, which rescued 275 people in Yorkshire last year.

    RNLI
    Quote Message: The race provides a great platform for the RNLI to fund raise and to raise awareness and we will be supporting them wholeheartedly over the next few months.” from Sir Gary Verity Welcome to Yorkshire
    Sir Gary VerityWelcome to Yorkshire
  14. Huddersfield's 5-0 win over Charlton costs more than pride

    Charlton fans haven't got much to be happy about at the moment but some of their most loyal supporters are set to receive an unexpected financial boost.

    Addicks captain Johnnie Jackson says the players will reimburse the 166 away fans the cost of their tickets following Tuesday's 5-0 defeat at Huddersfield. 

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  15. Man who was told he would never walk again becomes 'flood hero'

    Olivia Richwald

    Video Journalist, BBC Look North

    One of the volunteers who helped communities clear up after the Boxing Day floods was father-of-three Subah Amini from Bradford. 

    He defied doctors who told him he'd never walk again after he almost died in a fire in 2014. I've been to meet him.

  16. Bradford city centre Morrisons closure 'devastating' - union

    Retail union Usdaw has given its reaction to the news that Bradford's city centre Morrisons store is one of seven across the country earmarked for closure.

    Morrisons trolleys

    The Bradford-based supermarket chain says it "cannot see any improvement in the viability" of its shop on Westgate, which employs 90 people.

    Joanne McGuinness, from Usdaw, says the planned closure of seven Morrisons stores is "devastating news" for staff.

    "We will now enter into full and meaningful consultation meetings on these proposals, where we will look closely at the company's business case," she adds.

  17. Watch: First look around new University Technical College in Leeds

    Dave Edwards

    Journalist, BBC Look North

    How do we get more young people ready for the world of work? Some employers say they just don't have the skills when they leave school.

    That's where Leeds' new University Technical College comes in. Here, youngsters will be able to specialise in things like engineering or manufacturing from the age of 14. 

    I've been given exclusive access to the Leeds site, which is still under construction, and this is what I've seen:

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    Video caption: Dave Edwards looks around Leeds' new Univesity Technical college
  18. Watch: Bradford refugee warns woman not to go to Syria

    Counter-terrorism police have made a video of women refugees from Syria warning against other women travelling to the war-torn country.

    The film includes Esaaf Al-Ahmed, who fled from Syria to Bradford last year.

    Police say they're "deeply concerned" by figures that reveal 56 women and girls are thought to have fled to the war-torn country in just the last year.  Watch the video here:

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    Video caption: Refugees warn women not to go to Syria